Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Man opens fire: Hope you're not at a school board meeting

"Man Opens fire...."

How many times have I come across this headline since Columbine? Maybe because I'm young, but it seems that random shooting - not actually knowing the guy or gal you're shooting - has increased since 1999.

This time it was a school board meeting in Florida. The man even asked all the women to leave before he opened fire. What a gentleman. Wonder if he asked the men he shot where they would like to take the bullet?

All this leads me to wonder: why are civilians killing civilians these days? The Florida man's motive was that his wife lost her job. Didn't it used to be only famous people that got killed when a person was mad and agitated for something that didn't have to do with any individual? i.e. US Presidents (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy, Ford), celebrities (John Lennon).

 President Garfield getting shot up.
Today ordinary people get shot: teachers, students, local citizens at a school board meeting. Wonder what it means when seriously ill and frustrated individuals open fire on ordinary folks as opposed to public figures? Is this a comedown?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Olbermann Wronged?

Courtesy of TPM:

Keith Olbermann has been suspended from MSNBC, indefinitely and without pay, after news that he had made political contributions to three Democratic candidates.
"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."
Politico reported this morning that Olbermann had made the maximum donation, $2,400, to three Democratic candidates this year: Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords and Senate candidate Jack Conway.
MSNBC has not responded to requests for more information.
Also revealed today, Fox News' Sean Hannity and his wife gave $10,000 to Rep. Michele Bachmann this year. Fox did not respond to a request for comment.

According to a 2007 story, MSNBC and NBC News policy requires employees to report any potential conflicts of interest, including political contributions, and get prior approval from the president of NBC News.

Other MSNBC personalities, including Pat Buchanan, have given to political campaigns. Buchanan gave $2,250 to Republican candidates between 2005 and 2008.

Chris Hayes, editor of The Nation, is reportedly filling in for Olbermann tonight. Hayes contributed $500 to Democratic candidates in 2009.

MSNBC vs Fox - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

MSNBC vs Fox - The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

While MSNBC isn't owned by News Corp. the honchos over there need to look at what Fox is doing and realize suspending Olbermann is stupid. Like everyone doesn't already know who Keith votes for anyway.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rudy Giuliani

Why is a Republican - yet moderate- saying what Barack Obama needs to say? Why can't a Democratic president stand behind the LGBT community? Instead he seems to be standing behind the Pentagon's efforts to stall the process of repealing DADT.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Explanation for absence from a blog nobody prob reads

Sorry I have been remiss in writing posts on here. If anyone bothers to read this blog, I do know of one special person, I guess I've been busy with "life."

School can be a bitch, mainly because it takes alot for me to concentrate, and also because I'm working on post college plans to get me out of this "right-to-work" state once and for all.


I don't want to share it now because it might fall through and because I don't wanna put all my eggs in one basket.

Anyways, I'm pretty scared about the upcoming elections in November. I feel there is so much at stake and I read good things and bad things about a Republican victory in the House, i.e. Obama might move more towards the left.

Sometimes I just get confused and don't know what to believe. All I know is that when I cast my vote on election day it will be for the lesser of two evils. This decision will be base on all that I have read, and what I can make sense of from all the hoopla surrounding the elections and the candidates running for office.

This research takes time and I know I am not the average voter. Depressing.

But who am I kidding? This fish of water white-boy in S.C. will vote a straight Democratic ticket. Hell I may even vote for Alvin Greene's pathetic self, who is a heck of alot better than gay hating Jim DeMint.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pam's House Blend:: Second 'I don't want to counsel gays' lawsuit struck down by the courts

Pam's House Blend:: Second 'I don't want to counsel gays' lawsuit struck down by the courts

Boy did I miss this one. I agree with Alvin at House Blend: if Ms. Graduate student Augusta State can't do her job counseling a wide spectrum of people, in this case she was against homosexuality, than there is a major problem.

She just can't decide to counsel only white, straight Christians. You can't get away with that running any type of business, at least overtly, and Ms. Keeton didn't either.


Friday, August 13, 2010

What About the Workers?

The Republican candidate for governor Nikki Haley visited Aiken recently touting her "Less Talk. More Jobs" platform espousing her belief in limited government involvement in small businesses' affairs among other talking points. Evidently, she is a Charlie McCarthy for conservative job creation (more leeway for businesses), ideas and talking points (emphasizing the small businesses of S.C. as the cure all for our wilting state economy). Basically, talking points we've been hearing for the past quarter century from Republicans ( Democrats are guilty too). However, Republicans running for office, not all, but most, sound more robotic than Dems in my humble opinion. Ms. Haley, when speaking to a crowd, sounds like she's trying her best to fit within the all white male Republican party of S.C. - even though she's supposedly anti-establishment - daring not to veer off course. Very few of her views, if any, sound anti-establishment. In fact, all sound like a broken record: no gov't intrusion, tort reform, cut taxes, 2nd admendment rights, etc. etc. The only thing revolutionary about her candidacy is that she's a woman of Indian descent running in state where Strom Thurmond was a senator for most of his racist, white supremacist life.

On thing that strikes me is the lack of talk about workers. Instead, Haley focuses on the small business owner. Everything is about making it easier on the business; nothing about how the current crisis affects workers. Her platform is about jobs but for whom?

Maybe, she hopes to get people back to work by cutting the capital gains tax as she has proposed. I wish I could believe this but any further tax cutting seems a bad idea in a broke-ass state with a small tax base. Keeping money within businesses that they would pay in taxes does not emboldened the owner to hire more people in my book. But then where is there tax relief for the worker? Again not a word about the S.C. citizen unless it has to do with supplying labor for small businesses.

Right-to-work= No unions= no capital gains tax=CHEAP LABOR

Support for technical schools: supply labor for businesses recruited to S.C.

Support for state colleges: nada a word. Maybe a liberal arts education isn't as important as learning a trade? Perhaps, I'm not being a snob, just discerning, one makes you THINK and question politicians.

I think Haley needs to brush up on her Marx. Sigh.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I've decided with this blog each week, maybe, I will look at an old episode of a TV Series and discuss it. Mainly the writing, acting, background, etc. I was inspired by one my favorite websites AVclub.com to do this (great site by the way, check it out here.)

Dynasty(to watch episode click link). A term used to describe a political or wealthy continuation of power. However, in the 1980s the television series by that name was one of the most popular shows on television, known for it's costumes as much for it's storyline, which is straight-up soap opera. Airing on ABC, the show was produced by Aaron Spelling (Charlie's Angels) and was known for it's on-screen catfights between dark lady Alexis (Joan Collins) and pure lady Krystle (Linda Evans). The former a vengeful wife of patriarch Blake Carrington, the owner of an oil conglomerate and the latter his new wife, a Madonna vs. Whore concept if you will. And yes, the titular patriarch Blake was a oil company CEO; this show definitely would not be on today. It's a time capsule from the excessive and money-obsessed Reagan-era eighties, a gilded age best displayed in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities. Today, the show would have to display the family, made wealthy by oil, in despair and apologetic for their family business or else as plain villains for anyone to have interest. Instead Dynasty shows them mostly in a sympathetic light as to make one care about their trials and tribulations, and there were many, inthis fucked-up family. Oil and overly rich families with all kinds of problems are just not a good fit today in the economic depression we live after the crash of '08. But I'll save the sociological comments for another post.

The episode I chose to to view was "Foreign Relations" which aired January 23, 1985, and it's an important milestone in the show's history. It was in this season 1984-85 that the series finale was the famous Moldavian massacre; a definite cliffhanger because the star's contracts were in negotiation at the time and it wasn't decided who would come back for the next season. Dynasty was at the height of it's popularity; after this season the ratings began to slip and story lines got more and more over-the-top. This episode sets up all that would come together in the infamous season finale, most especially by introducing an enticing figure to make Blake Carrington's heart palpitate: Lady Ashley Mitchell. Lady Mitchell is introduced as a wife of a former friend of Blake's who helps Blake out in Paris with some Chinese business people (I have no idea what business they were in). Played by Ali MacGraw, Lady Ashley is also a famous photographer.

The episode has also set Krystle up with a flirtatious horseman played by Rock Hudson. This would be the most talked-out guest star as it was revealed midway through the season in the press Rock was dying of AIDS, which just had been discovered in the early 1980s and was creating quite a paranoia at the time. He is noticeably gaunt in the episode, and it's sad to watch. Anyways, his character has been designed to sway Krystle away from Blake, which isn't hard since both Blake and Krystle seem to be hitting a rough spot in their marriage, despite their new baby. How convenient then that Lady Ashley and Rock (I can't remember his character's name) come on the scene. Soap operas, geez.

In other sub-plots Alexis is jealous over her new husband's(Dimitri from All My Children) relationship with her daughter, played by Catherine Oxenberg. A little tidbit: Ms. Oxenberg later married former Paramount Pictures production head (1967-1980) Robert Evans, but would very quickly divorce him because she didn't realize he wanted a sexual relationship!

Fallon's husband has gotten married to a woman who is jealous of Fallon's portrait. Also, Blake and Alexis's gay son is starting to see men again even though he is still married, which causes him to get into a fight with his wife's male friend who seems overly protective of her. I found the relationship between gay son and his architect potential boyfriend credible and not shown in a negative stereotypical man's sorrow at being homosexual, and gay son's relationship isn't pronounced as gay son falling from grace into purgatory.

This about wraps it up for "Foreign Relations" plot points. In terms of acting, one would expect overwrought performances but most were good with the material. Only Fallon's husband's new wife's performance was cliche. Joan Collins was playfully manipulative; you have to love this scheming bitch. Linda Evans is restrained and she is the best actor in the episode; less is more. Rock is not very good, which is understandable and Ali MacGraw's eyes are so entrancing it's hard to judge her performance, I mean the way she flashes her eyes at Blake! Gay son looks like Sting, so it doesn't matter if he can act. Gay son's boyfriend shows credible anguish at his situation being a home wrecker. Only gay son's wife is the truly terrible actress here: hopefully gay son and this whiny thing will get a divorce and she gets off the show or she is killed in the Moldovian massacre.

Technical aspects are unimpressive; television has certainly come a long way since 1985. Hair and makeup and costumes are top-notch.

Until next week (maybe) bon voyage!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Who is Alvin Greene and Why is he saying all these Dumb-ass Things?

Alvin Greene. Perhaps, besides Sharron Angle, Alvin Greene is the most talked about primary winner in the country right now. For those who don't know he beat a Charleston City Council Member, with much more name recognition, in the race for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Primary to run against Republican Jim DeMint in November. Greene, who had been arrested for lewd behavior, and dishonorably discharged from the military, nobody knew, and he didn't have any money or even campaign. Yet Greene won. Strange. How could this be?

Reading his interviews Greene comes across like the Peter Sellers character in Being There. For those who haven't seen the movie, which includes me, Peter Sellers plays a simple gardener who becomes a celebrity in the political world of Washington, D.C. for all the wrong reasons. For instance, his simple comments about gardening being interpreted as great words of wisdom. However, we could go a step further and compare him to Andy Griffith's character in A Face in the Crowd, but Greene has hardly amassed any seriousness beyond conspiracy theories.

Why would this man, recently arrested, and having to have a public defender because he couldn't afford a lawyer, just suddenly out of the blue walk in the Democratic Party headquarters in Columbia and deposit a filing fee for candidacy? Furthermore where the hell did this money come from?????

Looking at South Carolina's dirty political gamesmanship, see Nikki Haley's troubles or John McCain's run-in in 2000, one doesn't have to think out-of-the-box about this one. U.S. House majority whip Jim Clyburn believes Greene was set-up to make S.C. Democrats look like idiots. So far this has been true; S.C. Democratic Party chairmwoman Carol Fowler, has announced her retirement. There has also been speculation about Jim DeMint setting Greene up to ensure a victory in November. If this is true, how would DeMint know if Greene would actually win? Furthermore, how could so many voters, 100,000, vote for this man who didn't even campaign?

In all honesty, when voting in the primary, I don't remember if the two candidates were on my ballot or not. God, did I vote for this man? In an editorial for The State, the Rev. Dr. Jones says this:

Mr. Greene won because most voters did not know whom they were voting for in the U.S. Senate race. They were uninformed and unaware, and their ignorance dictatedtheir voting. Many apparently voted for Mr. Greene for no better reason than that his name appeared first on the ballot before Mr. Rawl’s name.

Whenever the people are well-informed,” observed Thomas Jefferson, “they can betrusted with their own government.” When they are not, they vote for candidates like Alvin Greene.

In an interview with The Guardian, Alvin Greene had this to say about running for senator:

I was hoping that it would be big so I would be able to get my message out to as many folks as possible: getting South Carolina and America back to work,bringing South Carolina and America back. And it's not just America. We have gotto get the world back to work and bring the world back. So it's a message that has to reach folks and it's something that I'm pursuing and it's going good.

Then here is the bombshell:

Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That's something that would create jobs. So you see I think out of the box like that. It's not something a typical person would bring up. That's something that could happen, that makes sense. It's not a joke

Oh. My. God. Well it certainly looks like DeMint will be in for another six years (shit). I think this time I just won't vote in the Senate election. It seems like the only responsible thing for a Democrat to do.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all those American citizens since 1776 who have been trampled on, beaten up, killed, dragged through the streets and hanged for fighting for their rights under the "all men are created equal" Declaration of Independence.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Contemplating Michael Steele

So it seems RNC chairman Michael Steele has put his foot in his mouth again. However, the statements he has made are so enlightening that is makes me wanna dance like Fred Astaire in The Gay mutherfuckin' Divorcee.

Some of the highlights:

"This was a war of Obama's choosing.This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

"Well, if he's such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that's the one thing you don't do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan, alright, because everyone who's tried over a thousand years of history has failed."

"The [General] McChrystal incident, to me, was very comical. I think it's a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders has with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan."

So Mr. Steele thinks Obama is no student of history eh? Well Mr. Steele is no student of recent history. Let's not even began with the fact his own President from the Republican party basically entered into a land war in Iraq, because, as he says, "everyone who's tried over a thousand years of history has failed." Right.

Mr. Steele bashing Obama for Afghanistan's failures is like the pot calling the kettle black. Puhleeze.

Add this to the fact that a great many Republicans are supportive of the Afghan war and even want to stay beyond 2011 to "get the job done." There are Democrats too, but there are a significant many now opposing the policies in Afghanistan.

Hopefully, with a top Republican official denouncing Obama's Afghanistan "war", there will be more recognition of the hopeless situation there because it just doesn't get so much attention when Democrats voice their displeasure with Afghanistan.

Inevitably, Steele has released a statement about-facing everything he stated at the fundraiser. Too bad it's all on tape.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Blog Post 10: Presentations

Now that I have presented my Prezi I feel comfortable with my subject and storyline. I still need to write my script and clarify what I want to say about Fairfax and the influence of movies on me growing up. Hopefully, I will have structured story with photographs that move the story along.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Digital Story

After much consideration I've decided to change my digital story. Reading Professor Fornes's post about keeping the story simple, and watching the digital stories on the new link, I think it will be best to stick to something simpler, especially since this is my first stab at doing this (digital stories). I have chosen to make a digital story about growing up in a small town and how I escaped this limited environment through movies, mainly older ones.

I want to use narration (I cringe at this) and old photos as well as old movie clips from movies that have inspired me.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Digital Stories: Insightful and Thought Provoking

"Blacks on Youtube"

I found this digital story shocking and insightful. The story is an analysis of how blacks are represented on YouTube. Using only text and clips from YouTube videos, the filmmaker shows how when certain words are typed in the search bar automatically videos of black people turn up. Some of these words are: "big booty", "violence", "baby mommas", "pimps and hos", among many others with negative connotations.

I think this video is significant because it shows how blacks are stereotyped in the media. Alas, while users upload vids to put on YouTube, who is making the choice to show only blacks when you type in certain words? Is it due to the number of viewers? The author notes how any video with a positive black was viewed less than the negatives. How is this impacting our society when we are constanly viewing negative stereotypes of one group? Why are blacks only associated with violence and pimps and hos on YouTube?

"Peru's Coca Cultivation"

This digital story is a news wideo from the New York Times about the emerging coca cultivation in Peru and the ripple effects on society and politics. It basically pits the peasant farmer's against the Peruvian security forces trying to tackle this problem. Most of this cultivation is used in making cocaine. Peru is fast becoming the largest producers of cocain worldwide the video states.

This coca plant is harvested 4 to 8 times a year leading one development economist to state, "it is like an ATM for the farmers." The problem is not only is cocaine illegal, but the farmer's are supported by drug traffikers. Additionally, the cultivation has created environmental concerns as well as violence.

I found this interesting because of the intersection between the farmers who use the coca plants to support themselves with the government, backed by the US, trying to destroy the drug traffiking. It's sort of like the story of David and Goliath in a twisted way.

In determining which story is better I had to look at the provenance of the videos. "Blacks on Youtube" was created by a university student so the production quality isn't the same as "Peru's Coca Cultivation." However, the video's message still hits home without voice over narration and first hand film footage. It's sort of like David and Goliath again with a student and world renown New York Times. Ultimately, while both stories are important I am going to side with the "Blacks on Youtube" because it's shock factor and sadness, and that while we've come far, maybe we are still in infancy in terms of getting rid of white supremacy. Also, one always sides with David in "David and Goliath" that is why the story has lasted for centuries.

South Carolina's Waste Land

For my digital story I want to create a movie (slideshow) about South Carolina's political scandals so far this year, just in time for election season. I find this subject funny and relevant since we are about to elect the next governor during a time when our state is facing historic budget shortfalls. Also, to show how crazy South Carolinians are. Is it this heat or what? I mean really. Here are some story points courtesy of Michael Roston via Newsbroke:

1. Governor Mark Sanford disappears, and tells people he’s hiking the Appalachian Trail when he’s really down in Argentina seeing his mistress. I initiate the ‘Jenny Sanford 2012‘ campaign.

2. Senator Jim DeMint, now effectively the leader of Senate Republicans, promises to make health care reform Obama’s ‘Waterloo‘, forever branding the GOP in minority as an obstructionist party.

3. My friend Mike Rogers alleges that Bauer, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful, is a closeted gay man. Mike is often right about these sorts of things.

4. One name: Joe Wilson. Two words: ‘You lie’. ‘Nuff said.

5. DeMint gets praised by two Palmetto Republicans for being like a Jew with the nation’s money.

6. Senator Lindsey Graham gets censured by a county party in South Carolina for engaging in acts of bipartisanship in the US Senate, with Democrats. A couple months later, another county censures Graham for the same reason!

And all this happened within one year just about! 2009-10 will definitely go down in the history books!

Monday, June 7, 2010

News gatherer

Currently, I get news, nationally and locally, from the internet. Nationally, I like to go to the Daily Beast everyday and look at their "cheat sheet", which are "must reads from all over." Also, I look at Huffington Post and receive news stories from Common Dreams, a progressive organization. For local events I go to the webpages of The State and The Augusta Chronicle.

Very rarely do I watch television news. It mostly focuses on crime and weather. Around here, in the CSRA, the quality of television news is, sadly, pedestrian.

As for as how I perceive the world I suppose through a liberal, progressive lens by looking at Huffington Post and Common Dreams. However, their headlines are from major news organizations like AP and The New York Times, so I'm not sure if they're biased or not. I guess the reporter or editor does get to choose what's reported on, but sometimes issues scream for ink like the Gulf disaster, though what you choose to focus on in the situation may show your biases. On the otherhand, for the most part I can see the reporter showing two sides to every story in the majority of articles I read, sometimes to the detriment of the situations and people involved. Like currently, most new stories covering the oil spill have set up the us vs. them scenario: BP vs. gulf coast residents. Often there are three or four or even more sides to a story!

We defintely gather information differently then we used to 25 years ago, especially my generation, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I mean just because someone bought a paper didn't mean they read the whole thing. They could have just browsed the sports section. Like the internet we choose what we look at.

I pay a great deal of attention to the news, especially national, but also internationally, because I like to know what is going on and I feel I am in control when I learn all the facts about a story. I'm also interested in possibly becoming a journalist so that is another factor.

I recently chatted with Lesley Jane Seymour the editor of More(the lifestyle magazine for women over 40) on Facebook and here is what she had to share with me about journalism:

Look into digital. Print is going to dry up. Learn how to code and become a great journalist. Then you'll have it all. Columbia is offering interesting degrees in digital journalism or maybe it's a course you can take. That's the wave of the future. But it's a great profession if you love to write.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Information Overload

Wow! After reading the two articles by Baron and Carr I feel like I have information overload!!!

In Carr's piece I was struck by his discussion of the clock and how it made people manage to eat, sleep, work, etc. etc. around time. As he states, "...we stopped listening to our senses and started obeying the clock." Our brains became like clocks he alleges. Furthermore, in the digital age our brains are becoming like computers. I'm not sure if this is entirely true but Carr says, "... the result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration." Couldn't he just have ADD or something? The whole piece is a metaphor of how we are losing our ability to think in a way he finds satisfying. He thinks the world is going to end.

Anyways, while there may be criticism of computers, like the printing press - whose inception was criticized - computers have had a far reaching effect on our society for better and worse, and its easier just to change with times and go with the flow instead of being whiny about it.

I suppose in Baron's article the scroll and codexes are supposed to be text on the computer and ipad. But I don't understand the differences between the texts; isn't reading reading no matter what the format?? For me the internet is like a big dictionary and you choose what to find in it. Reading is reading is reading is reading. Some of the same problems can pop up with reading codexes and the ipad such as font size. The way we read can be due to individual differences. These people think too much!!!

Trip to Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Before reading the three articles I had never heard any bashing against Powerpoint presentations. I think Powerpoint can be a useful tool to inform your audience of the main points you will be talking about. However, I think one has to be careful not to let the Powerpoint become the focus. Instead, one should always make sure their topic is the focus.

The last article, for me, was the most informative. Especially, on the points of animation and photographs and too much text. I was in a class this past spring where we were required to give a presentation on a topic assigned by our professor. Several students, sadly, had too much text on their slides and read straight from them. Most of the information didn't mesh with the students vernacular. It was encyclopedia writing and they had a hard time pronouncing some of the words. While speaking they would stand still and silent when they came to a word they couldn't pronounce. Very awkward indeed.

The first article, written by Edward Tufte, sounded reactionary in my opinion. Comparing Powerpoint presentations to a prescription pill with horrendous side-effects was an extreme metaphor. If used correctly, as the last article details, Powerpoint presentations will not "....elevate(s) form over content, betraying an attitude of commercialism that turns everything into a sales pitch."

Clay tablet writing

Transciption: The unplugged assignment for Dr. Fornes was alot easier than I expected. Since I don't like to talk on the phone or text many people that was the simple part. Much harder was abstaining from the computer. I use the internet for so many things: checking email, facebook, news and entertainment.

However, I succeeded; one day was not hard for me at all. I found other things to do such as work , reading a new book, and eating.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Digital Habits

My name is Gatlin Massey and I will be a senior English major this fall. My digital habits are mainly focused on the internet. I don't like talking on the phone and probably send only two or three texts a day. On the internet I'm constanly checking my two email accounts and my profile on Facebook as well as just browsing. I probably spend about half of my day on the internet.

I primarily use my phone to talk to my mom; when texting its usually someone I don't see very often. I keep up with friends on Facebook, and check my email constantly on my USCA account for issues regarding classes. I also like to use the internet for entertainment: watching movies, reading magazines and newspapers. I get most of my news off the web; I especially love the Daily Beast and their cheat sheet everyday. I rarely, if ever, pick up a paper copy of a newspaper because it just doesn't make sense to me when its free on the internet. However, I like reading the Wall Street Journal - but they charge - so I go to the USCA library and look at it. I don't own a TV. Television has become obsolete to me. I mean everything that is worthwhile watching is online!

I also like to read a few blogs. Some of them are: "Angry Black Bitch"; Jane Fonda's blog; Thompson on Hollywood; and Deadline Hollywood. I read some twitter accounts too, though I think its the poor man's Facebook in a way.

I think addiction is too strong of a word to describe someone's digital viewing habits. So no, I don't think I'm addicted to my email, text, internet, etc. However, we will see how I feel after Tuesday @ 12 noon.